Published On: Tue, Jun 5th, 2018

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Wednesday June 6

Cillessen opens up

Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen has opened up on rumours linking him to Arsenal and Liverpool.

Both Premier League clubs are reported to be interested in signing the shot-stopper with doubts over their current keepers.

Cillessen has a release clause of £52million and has admitted Barcelona will not sell him for anything less, despite having been back-up to Marc-Andre ter Stegen last season.

“I think that I played well in the matches I had in the Copa del Rey,” Cillessen said.

“I need to wait patiently. The only thing I know is that Barcelona won’t sell me.

“Arsenal and Liverpool aren’t bad clubs but if Barcelona say, ‘We love you,’ then I’ll accept their decision and continue there.

Tuesday June 5

Malcolm latest

Chelsea have been given a boost in their pursuit for Malcom with Liverpool yet to formally make an approach, according to reports.

Malcom has gleaned interest from Jurgen Klopp who wants to make further additions to squad to mount a Premier League title challenge next term.

But according to French paper L’Equipe, the Reds have been ‘silent’ insofar as negotiations go.

Bordeaux are holding out for £44m for a player who is highly sought after.

Although Chelsea appear to be among the frontrunners, the lack of Champions League football could be off putting.

With Liverpool involved in Europe’s premier competition next term, it could prove to be a more attractive destination.

Fred an upgrade

Manchester United’s new signing Fred is an upgrade on both Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini, claims Steve Nicol.

Yeah I think so (it was a wise move),” the Liverpool legend told ESPN FC.

“The guy’s a talent and if Brazil do win the World Cup and he plays a major part, then that £50million they’ve paid for him could end up being £60m or even £70m.

“So yes, I think it’s a smart move.

“The guy’s a talent, the guy’s a player, he makes them better.

“He’s better than Fellaini, in my opinion he’s better than Herrera as well. So absolutely an upgrade for United.

“The only thing this guy doesn’t do is score goals really.

“But United, in that position in the middle of the park, are looking for someone to shut things down and when they get the ball, open them up. He does both.”

Transfer news: Fred has agreed terms with Man UtdGETTY

Transfer news: Fred has agreed terms with Man Utd

Hysaj to Chelsea latest

Chelsea could sign Napoli right-back Elseid Hysaj this summer but only if Maurizio Sarri replaces Antonio Conte.

Hysaj featured 45 times for Sarri’s side last term, putting himself on the radar of many European clubs in the meantime.

The duo have worked together for six years at both Napoli and Empoli.

And Hysaj’s agent, Mario Giuffredi, claims if Sarri wants to continue his long-running relationship with the right-back, a move could be on the cards.

“He has a €50m release clause,” he told RadioCRC.

“I think only Premier League clubs can afford him, so his fate depends on Sarri,”

“If the Tuscan Coach was to move to England, he could want [Hysaj].

“Therefore, Hysaj could follow him.”

“Failing that, it would be very difficult to see Hysaj away from Napoli.”

Dalot deal done

Manchester United have completed their second signing of the day, according to reports.

Jose Mourinho has wrapped up another transfer by completing the signing of Porto star Diogo Dalot.

The 19-year-old has finalised his medical at Carrington and an official announcement is expected soon, according to Manchester-based journalist Craig Norwood.

“Diogo Dalot to Manchester United is done,” he tweeted.

“The 19-year-old has complete his medical and agreed personal terms.

“Official club announcement in due course.”

Fred done deal

Fred will join Manchester United this summer, the Red Devils have confirmed.

United announced on their website this afternoon that an agreement has been reached with Shakhtar Donetsk to sign the Brazil international this summer.

The Red Devils say they will announce the deal in the near future.

Miralem Pjanic snub

Manchester City have had a £44m bid for Miralem Pjanic rejected by Juventus.

According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, City are keen to snap up Pjanic, who Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to sign, and offered £44m for his services.

That bid was immediately knocked back by Juve.

Tuttosport claim the reason Juventus rejected City’s offer was to do with sourcing a replacement for Pjanic.

It is said that while Juve would be open to selling their midfield maestro, buying someone to fill in would cost considerably more.

Transfer News: Juventus have rejected a £44m bid from Man City for Miralem PjanicGETTY

Transfer News: Juventus have rejected a £44m bid from Man City for Miralem Pjanic

Transfer News: Arsenal have completed the signing of Stephan LichtsteinerARSENALFC

Transfer News: Arsenal have completed the signing of Stephan Lichtsteiner

Stephan Lichtsteiner interview

Arsenal’s newest recruit gave a lengthy interview on the club’s official website. Below are a few extracts from the Q&A.

On how it felt to join Arsenal…

It’s a great moment. It’s a great for me after Juventus to come to Arsenal and have this big challenge to make big things happen with this big club.

On what attracted him to Arsenal…

There is a project. There is a project to come back into the Champions League. I think it’s hard to see a club like Arsenal not playing in the Champions League. If you see the players, if you see the club, the stadium… it’s the project, the big opportunity to get back to the highest level.

On head coach Unai Emery…

He’s a very good coach who’s won a lot of titles, especially the Europa League that we play in this year. He’s a coach who knows what he wants and a coach who also progresses the players, and also old players like me. You never stop learning and this is very important. I’m really positive that we will do great things.

Done Deal: Arsenal sign Stephan Lichtsteiner

Arsenal have announced the signing of Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus.

The Swiss international, 34, arrives at the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer from Serie A champions Juventus and represents Unai Emery’s first signing since succeeding Arsene Wenger.

Lichtsteiner will wear the number 12 shirt for the Gunners and provide serious competition for Hector Bellerin at right-back.

Head coach Unai Emery said: “Stephan brings huge experience and leadership to our squad. He’s a player with great quality with a very positive and determined attitude. Stephan will improve us on and off the pitch.”

Transfer News: Marouane Fellaini is set to join Arsenal from Manchester UnitedGETTY

Transfer News: Marouane Fellaini is set to join Arsenal from Manchester United

Marouane Fellaini suspended

Bookmakers Betway have suspended their odds on Marouane Fellaini joining Arsenal from Manchester United.

The 30-year-old is out of contract at the end of the month and will be able to walk away for nothing, and Betway think Unai Emery has already secured the midfielder’s services.

Betway’s Alan Alger said: “Marouane Fellaini has struggled to hold down a starting berth in the Manchester United line-up in recent seasons and the Belgian is set to become a free agent on June 30.

“Arsenal had emerged as the front-runners to sign the 30-year-old and were backed into even-money to bring the midfielder to the Emirates, before heightened betting activity today, running in line with reports a deal is close to being agreed, meant we’ve had to suspend betting on him making the switch to Unai Emery’s new side.”

David de Gea pressure

Real Madrid are threatening Manchester United star David De Gea by eyeing a deal for Liverpool target Alisson, it has been claimed.

The Champions League winners want Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea to be their No 1, despite a deal falling through in 2015.

Real Madrid’s interest, however, has remained with Florentino Perez a known admirer.

And Spanish outlet Don Balon say that, in order to put the United star under pressure, they are considering Roma’s Alisson.

Transfer News: Laurent Blanc agrees personal terms with ChelseaGETTY

Transfer News: Laurent Blanc agrees personal terms with Chelsea

Christian Eriksen wants move

Barcelona have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Tottenham star Christian Eriksen, with reports claiming the Denmark international is willing to force a transfer this summer.

Barcelona have been linked with Tottenham star Eriksen in the wake of Andres Iniesta’s departure.

And Spanish outlet Don Balon say the former Ajax star is willing to force a move this summer.

It is claimed the news has filtered through to Barcelona’s Gerard Pique.

Eriksen is supposedly eager to quit Tottenham to follow in the footsteps of Michael Laudrup.

Laurent Blanc agrees deal

Laurent Blanc has agreed personal terms to become the next manager of Chelsea, reports claim.

But there’s already some doubt whether the Frenchman will succeed Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.

Italian outlet Sportitalia claim Chelsea have now agreed a deal for Blanc to become their next manager.

But the report adds that the former France and Paris St-Germain boss still remains their “Plan B option” to axed Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.

The Blues are reportedly planning to approach Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis over the coming days looking to negotiate the £7m fee.

Transfer News: Real Madrid want Manchester United star David De Gea to make a transfer decisionGETTY

Transfer News: Real Madrid want Manchester United star David De Gea to make a transfer decision

Gareth Bale will wait

Manchester United appear to be nearing a deal for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale after breakthrough talks, according to big reports in Spain.

Manchester United want Real Madrid forward Bale to bolster their attacking options for next season.

The Wales international could leave the Bernabeu despite Zinedine Zidane’s exit, with reports claiming he is ready to move back to the Premier League after five years away.

And Spanish outlet Don Balon say Bale could join Manchester United as early as July.

It is said the 28-year-old has the backing of the Red Devils hierarchy, over Cristiano Ronaldo because of his age and salary.

Sadio Mane decision

Real Madrid face missing out on Sadio Mane with Liverpool making a big transfer decision, according to reports.

Real Madrid reportedly agreed to sign Liverpool star Mane prior to Zinedine Zidane’s sudden exit last week.

However, the Frenchman’s shock decision to walk away means the Senegal international may now stay at Anfield.

And the Liverpool Echo say Liverpool will now refuse to sell the wing wizard.

Initial reports yesterday suggested Real Madrid could still strike a deal – depending on who comes in.

But the Liverpool Echo say there is no chance Mane will leave Liverpool.

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